Video Work

Custom logo animation.

Here is the lastest logo animation I had made for Creative Tank.

The animation was made with Apple’s Motion & Final Cut Pro software.

Produced by: Michele Ronsen

Creative Direction: Philip VanDusen

Animation by:

Music by:


Why we should share

One of the best things that had happened to me in my business is when I had decided to share something of value to the world. This simple action had helped me connect with over 20,000 newsletter subscribers and meet many new customers and clients along the way.

This is something that took the time to develop and grow, but it was well worth it. Let me explain how this came to be.

Over eight years ago I created this website to serve as a digital business card and an online work portfolio. It was simple and it had served its purpose.

I later came across an article that had advised to share something of value for free to help a website grow and find new visitors.

So, I had decided to create an animation template for Apple’s Final Cut Pro & Motion software and then posted to this site. Little did I know that the simple act of sharing would change my entire life and place me in an entirely new direction.

At first, this free template allowed me to go on to different forums, websites, and groups and share my link to my freebie without any complaints of spam. Visitors also began to share the link with others.

Another bonus is that this site also became easier to find on search engines, it seems ‘free’ is a very powerful keyword. Plus, there were also requests for more templates, so I created more. Later I began to get requests for editing and animation work and to train and consult others that had wanted to learn what I knew.

In addition to the extra work, I also got suggestions that I should sell my templates. This was totally new for me, but I had decided to give it a shot and see where it goes. I purchased the domain name and off I went.

Starting an online store was a new business venture and I was very skeptical that anyone would buy the templates. But, I am very happy to write that people did. Fortunately, those early members are still loyal members to this day and if it was not for their trust and support I would not be where I am today. ( Thank you! )

Over the years the number of members grew and the demand for more training, consulting and client work. This was all accomplished with zero advertising and zero marketing, just simple old-fashioned word of mouth for the free templates.

Another amazing benefit is the number of people I had the amazing opportunity to meet. From my incredible customers and followers to those that I see as video industry leaders that I greatly respected and admired.

I had also become friends with, what some would call, my biggest online store competitors, fortunately, I did not see them as competitors but instead as people who share the same common passion and admiration for what we do. We still chat to this day and I also see them as my greatest mentors and motivators.

One of the biggest accomplishments in this great journey was having my store added to Apple’s Final Cut Pro Resource Page. When this had happened it brought me tears of happiness and joy. To have a highly valued company such as Apple add my little online store to a long list of amazingly talented people and businesses is incredibly gratifying. ( Thank you, Apple! )

To close this story, if you are a student, entrepreneur, freelancer or professional my advice is to share something of value. The more valuable the better.

Also, be sure to follow Paul Jarvis’ advice and collect an email address from those that want to download. This will allow you to connect with your followers and allow you to share more goodies in the future.

I wish you best of luck and happy sharing! 🙂

Things I learned as an editor

How to add more control to messaging and communications

Even though we love our ability to communicate with the world, a large part of our day still requires focus and concentration and constant messaging can get in the way of our focus. One way to lower our communications overload is to add control and priority in each of your communications channels.

Below is a breakdown of how we can add more control to our communications.

  • Emails:
    Many times we get a large number of emails, but of those emails, we receive only a few are very important.  One idea is to send all important and priority emails to Slack.  This way we do not miss important messages if we are in focus mode and had closed our email.
  • Social Media:
    We can turn down social media notifications so we only get security and admin notifications only and placed an auto-reply notice with a support email so visitors can email me if there is urgency.
  • Slack*:
    Each Slack group has its own notification setting based on urgency.  This way we have more focus, but we still get to our urgent email and project notifications,  We can then close everything except Slack.
  • Growl Notifications:
    If we really need to focus for a few hours.  We can mute my notification bar by option click on the OS X notifications in the upper right-hand corner. By doing this we turn off all our desktop notifications for a few hours based on its setting.

If we take an hour to adjust our notification controls we can add more piece of mind and focus our work.  Please let me know what you think or if you have any of your own suggestions.  Have an amazing day!

* For those of us that may not know, Slack is a piece of software that is highly recommended for team communication.  It comes with a lite version for free that is free to use.  For more information on Slack visit their site:

Final Cut X Free Motion Master Templates Free Stuff Motion Master Templates

New free template – Simple Backgrounds 01

Free Template For Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5

Create your own unique backgrounds with this new template for Final Cut Pro and Motion. You may use the images provided or use your own.

Add some animation to your background.

Download Simple Backgrounds today!

Apple Motion Learn

Quickly create a text cube in Motion

In this quick tutorial, I will show you how to create a cube that you can add text or anything else you want and have it rotate in 3d Space to your liking.

Animate it the way you want and then publish some setting to use in Final Cut Pro. Enjoy! 🙂

Here is the video:

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Motion Master Templates Featured in Premium Beat

Today was an exciting day as my little online store got featured on Premium Beat. For those that do not know Premium Beat is a premiere place to find Music and Sound Effects for your projects. The quality of work is great and prices are amazing. I have used many of their tracks for client projects in the past and I highly recommend you check out their work.

Here is the article at Premium Beat that featured my store:

Free Stuff

Places to find inexpensive or free background music

If you need free or low-cost music for your video creations. Here are some great places to find freebies or inexpensive music.

I will be adding more the list as I discover more.

** Also, please make sure to check with the license of each site to make sure it works with your project.

Apple Motion Learn

Blender to Motion Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how to export your Blender keyframes to use inside of Apple’s Motion software. This will allow you to use two very powerful tools for your animation and cg creations.

You may download the Blender to Motion script here:

Special thanks to OSXrules at for creating this awesome script! You rock! 🙂

If you are new to Blender make sure to watch these tutorials to help get you started:

Make sure to also check out,, & for more info and resources.

Please let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Have a creative day! 🙂

Also check out the most recent demo reel from Blender:

Free Motion Master Templates Free Stuff

New Free Final Cut Template – Polaroid Play

Here is the latest new Template for Final Cut Pro and Motion.
This one uses a 3D animation of a Polaroid Camera flying at the screen and taking a picture that reveals it in its Polaroid magic.
Please let me know what you think. Have a fun photo taking day! 🙂

Download it today here:

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New Free Final Cut Template – Holiday Cheer

Hello and good day!

I would like to share this amazing new template that can be used inside of Final Cut Pro and Motion.
This template is a 3D animation that I had created inside of Blender and then exported the keyframes to Motion for setting up and compositing.
Please let me know what you think and I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed creating it. 🙂

Make sure you download it here:

Have a festive day! 🙂

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New Free Final Cut Template – Rounded Corner Lower Third

You may download this template here:

This Rounded Corner Lower Third for Final Cut X and Motion 5 comes with 4 different social media Graphic User Interfaces to choose from. You can add up to 2 drop zones, customize  the colors, add text and other options.  Add your own videos, photographs or graphics.

The animation was created in Apple’s Motion 5.

The photographs for the demo video were provided by Gratisography and Deyson Ortiz. Music for the demo video was provided by Jahzzar’s album “Tumbling Dishes Like Old-Man’s Wishes“.

Apple Motion Learn

Create a Rounded Corner Lower Third for Final Cut

Hello and good day!

I created a video tutorial on how to create a Rounded Corner Title template inside of Apple’s Motion Software that you can customize and use inside of Final Cut Pro.

In this tutorial you will learn how to draw the lower third, animate a nice soft bounce, add some text and then how to publish and save it so you can use it inside of Final Cut.

Download this template for FREE.
If you would like to download this free template ready to go please click here.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much I enjoyed creating it!  If you have any questions or tutorial requests please let me know in the comments below.

Have an amazing day! 🙂



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Free Final Cut Pro Template – Social Package

I just finished creating the latest FREE template for FCPX and Motion 5 called Social Package.

Circle of Love is a 3D template for Final Cut X and Motion 5 of a 4 different Social Media Interface animating in motion.

This template is free to use so please feel free to download it here:

Special thanks to GRATISOGRAPHY for providing the beautiful images for the demo video.

The animation and preparation was done in Apple’s Motion 5.



Apple Motion Tutorials Inteviews Learn how to teach your students about video production in Apple’s Motion

Recently I was invited to do a presentation on the how Motion and Final Cut Pro can work together using Templates.  It was a great podcast and Jeff and Sam were great fun to speak with.

In the podcast we went over how simple it can be to create a template in Motion and then use that template inside of Final Cut to speed up the workflow.
Please key me know what you think of the podcast. Educational Blogs, Podcasts, App Reviews and more | Learn how to teach your students about video production in apple motion

Inspirational Inteviews

Listen to amazing Digital Production podcasts at DigitalCINEMAcafe

Digital Cinema Cafe

If you would like to listen to some very informative podcasts in regard to the world of digital video editing and distribution, then I highly recommend this website.

So far I have learned tons of inside tricks of trade. The show is hosted by Chris Fenwick of SL\CE Editorial and Colorist Alex MacLean. The shows are entertaining, funny and very educational.

Check them out and let know what you think.

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